Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Idaho sixth at Oregon State tournament
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/18/2012
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The University of Idaho women’s golf team slipped to sixth during the final round of the Oregon State Invitational but that doesn’t mean coach Lisa Johnson hasn’t seen marked improvement from her team from its first tournament to its second.

“We improved by 11 shots over last week on a course that was similarly difficult,” said Johnson, whose team has just one upper classman on the roster. “That was encouraging.

“We didn’t count any scores in the 80s this week or last. That’s a testament to how well the freshmen are playing.”

Tuesday’s final round306 pushed the Vandals to a team-total 902 – just four back of fifth-place San Francisco and only five back of host Oregon State. Washington won the tournament with an 853 with Washington State second at 878 and Gonzaga third at 891.

Kaitlyn Oster had the low tournament for the Vandals with a 223 after rounds of 75-74-74 to finish in a tie for 17th. After playing her first five holes of the tournament five-over, she played the remaining 49 in just two-over.

“Kaitlyn had a great tournament,” Johnson said.

Also for the Vandals, Leilanie Kim tied for 21st with a 225 with Rachel Choi in a tie for 29th at 228. Kristen Strankman tied for 41st at 231 and Cassie McKinley tied for 48th at 232.

Johnson said an emphasis on putting and their short games will be the focus as they had into next week’s WSU Inland Cup at Palouse Ridge.

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